West Vancouver officials are testing out new types of speed bumps today as part of a $15k safety program that will run this week. The speed bumps use the Trompe-l’œil technique to give the appearance of a 3D child in the vehicle’s path as it approaches the speed bump. From Discover Magazine:
In what sounds like a terrifying experience, the girl’s elongated form appears to rise from the ground as cars approach, reaching 3D realism at around 100 feet, and then returning to 2D distortion once cars pass that ideal viewing distance. Its designers created the image to give drivers who travel at the street’s recommended 18 miles per hour (30 km per hour) enough time to stop before hitting Pavement Patty–acknowledging the spectacle before they continue to safely roll over her.
Nothing promotes vehicular safety like desensitizing the act of running over children with your car. I’m sure this will end well.